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Technology Announcements

  • Review this Employee Technology Checklist to ensure success in the coming semester.

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  • Students can now log into PowerSchool-SIS from ClassLink to view grade, schedule, and attendance information. 

    1. Click the PowerSchool Student Login app.
    2. Click Student Sign In on the bottom right.
    3. If prompted, enter your TCS Google email address (i.e., john.doe@tuscaloosacityschools.com), district password, and click Yes.

    We also have a walkthrough with screenshots: PowerSchool Student Login Guidance, 2021-2022

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  • Grade Category Map Image
     
    PowerSchool reports that the  recent grade configurations issue in Schoology is resolved. 
    The next step is for each teacher to check those configurations using this linked slide deck.
     
    The Issue
    • All aspects of this issue originated with PowerSchool, not TCS.

    • On November 28, PowerSchool ran an update on that had an unanticipated impact on grade Category mappings in Schoology for all Alabama districts. 

    • On December 7, PowerSchool sent communication that the issue had been resolved. 

    • Here is a summary of PowerSchool’s communication about the issue:

      • Cause: PS made an internal integration ID change 

      • Consequence: caused grade mapping not to display in Schoology’s PowerSchool app

      • Assurances: the mapping is still stored in the database and syncs are continuing to run as expected

      • Resolution: terms and category fields are showing in Schoology as expected

     Next Steps
    • PowerSchool assures us that all settings have been restored and that everything is working as it should. 

    • The next step is for all teachers to check the grade settings. 

    • Work through this linked slide deck to do that. 

    • Schools are encouraged to have teachers work together on this and to reach out to their Technology Specialist for support. 

    • Note: next week schools will receive guidance for reviewing/setting grade settings for the spring semester.

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  • We have compiled our PowerSchool-SIS (and PowerTeacher Pro) guidance documents in this Google Drive folder. It includes the documents used in teacher training and detailed guidance for progress reports and report cards. 

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  • Guidance Documentation in Technology Support Portal

    The Technology Support portal now includes guidance documents about a variety of topics including equipment and digital learning resources. To view these documents, log into Technology Support and click Solutions. Most of the collection can also be viewed in this Google folder

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  • Technology Department Mission

    The mission of the TCS Technology Department is to support students, employees, and families by providing and maintaining exceptional technology systems for a professional learning environment in alignment with the district’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

    Technology Department Vision

    Successful implementation of this mission should result in

    • Effective, responsible, and comprehensive technology use by employees and students;
    • Functional, dependable, and optimized technology systems throughout the district;
    • Consistent and well-developed understanding of technology resources, services, procedures, and support;
    • Consistent and effective security practices;
    • Continual growth in professional and instructional uses of technology;
    • Strategic, sustainable evolution of technology systems; and
    • Effective collaboration across all departments and schools wherever technology is involved.



    TCS Technology is Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant and uses a variety of tools to protect our students.